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Former Jaguar Swims English Channel By Greg James



et a goal, and for the next year and a half, that will become your life. West Jordan High School alumni Chad Starks, class of 1991, became the fifth Utahn to swim the English Channel on Sept. 20. “I do not think it has set in what I did yet. I got back to the States and went right back to work. I do not think I will realize until I get the certification towards the end of the year. It was one of those things I had dreamed of so hard, so it is kind of surreal,” Starks said. The English Channel swim is a registered 21 miles from Dover, England to Calais, France. The tides pushed Starks farther than he expected, and his actual swim distance was about 29 miles. Starks joins Richard Barnes (2005), David Barnes (2006), Gordon Gridley (2012) and Joelle Beard (2012) as the only Utahns to accomplish the 21-mile swim. Starks traveled the distance in 16 hours and 54 minutes. His swim began 1 a.m., when they met the pilot boat to go over procedures and then launched towards his starting point. The Channel Swimming Association had registered Starks’ swim and acquired the necessary permits for his attempt. The lookout pilot boat would help protect him from freighters and other boat traffic in the Channel. When they arrived at the starting point, Starks dropped into the 62 degree water and swam for shore to start the certified swim. “My mom and dad, wife (Chandra) and Gordon (Gridley) were there to support me. I kissed my Mom and wife and dropped into the water. I knew I would squeal when I felt the water, but that is when the butterflies went away, too,” Starks said. The first eight hours were uneventful. He had prepared for the temperatures by taking hour-long ice baths and swimming 25 to 30 miles a week in the mornings before work at local lakes.

“I think someone’s ice inventory is off, because I have stopped buying ice. I camped at the local lakes and would swim before work to get in my training,” Starks said. For the final leg of his journey, he swam through constant schools of jelly fish. He said he expected to get stung, but had no idea how many stings he would have the opportunity to experience. Every 10 minutes they would get stuck on his eyebrows, under his arms and on his legs. “I saw hundreds of them. I would look up and just see a huge school of jellies in front of me. I tried swimming next to the boat and just behind the boat, but it was to no avail. My lips were numb because of all the stings,” Starks said. The water temperature dropped to about 58 degrees as he approached France. As he got closer, it was all he could do to stand up on the bottom. His legs could not support his weight since he had not stood in nearly 17 hours. He stumbled to clear the edge of the water, and then raised his hand in success. “I had so many emotions going through my mind, so I lay down in the sand and just smiled. I was going to make a snow angel, but I was too tired. I got up, found a shell and stuffed it into my suit, and headed back out to the boat,” Starks wrote in his blog soon after he completed the swim. Starks is going to attempt to complete the triple crown of open water swimming. Next year he plans to swim the Catalina Channel in Southern California, and then after that, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. “If you want to accomplish a goal like this, make sure you have family support. Without my family I would not have had the push. The time involved is incredible. It took me nearly a year and a half of planning,” Starks said. l

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West Jordan Councilwoman Accuses Mayor of Sexual Discrimination By Taylor Stevens


n April email detailing a city councilwoman’s accusations of sexual discrimination against Mayor Kim Rolfe resurfaced Oct. 8 when another councilmember forwarded the email to all of the city’s nearly 500 employees. City councilmember Sophie Rice sent the email to police chief Doug Diamond and the human resources department on April 30, shortly after she was elected by the council. On Oct. 8, Rice’s fellow councilmember Jeff Haaga forwarded the email to all city employees, which he followed minutes later with another email that said, “Disregard.” Along with sexual discrimination, the four-page document attached to Rice’s email alleged a hostile work environment and fear of retribution. “I fear sending this,” Rice wrote. “I fear retaliation. I fear that legal action will be taken against me because I am not a lawyer, don’t have a lawyer, and don’t write like a lawyer. I fear for my safety and for my family.” For these reasons, Rice never meant her letter to go public, and it is has not been confirmed how Haaga obtained access to the letter. Haaga declined the opportunity to comment. In her letter, Rice said that each member of the council interviewed her when she was elected. However, she said her interview with Rolfe was slightly different from the others.

“He asked me only one interview question,” she wrote in her letter. “He asked me whether getting this appointment would damage my family. I was aghast. That is an illegal interview question under Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and under the law, should he vote against my appointment, it could be considered gender discrimination. On the evening of March 25 at city council meeting, Mayor Rolfe voted against me.” Rice, who could not be reached for comment, also reported a closed session meeting in which she felt “personally attacked” by Rolfe. “The manner in which the closed meeting of April 17 was conducted led me to fear for myself, my family, the other councilmembers, and certain members of staff,” she said. “I cannot under the law disclose what was discussed in that meeting, but I now understand the interview question that Mayor Rolfe asked me: whether being on city council would damage my family, to have been a threat upon myself and my family.” In the city’s Oct. 14 council meeting, some residents spoke up about the issue with public comments. Zach Wilkes, who lives in West Jordan, said Rolfe had asked him the same question when he’d helped with the mayor’s campaign back in 2013. “All throughout the campaign he continued



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to make sure that the demands of the campaign weren’t interfering with our family life,” Wilkes said. “And through the whole thing, I never thought of this question to be anything but concern for my time or the time of my family.” Rolfe denied all accusations of sexual discrimination. “I think there’s nothing inappropriate about asking if they had the time to put into the job that it takes without affecting themselves or their family,” he said. He also said that accusations of a hostile

work environment at city hall are “absolutely false.” “I hope we’re beyond all this bickering and poison-ness, and we will move forward professionally as professionals and get the business of the city done without these personal attacks,” Rolfe said. According to reporting by the Salt Lake Tribune, both West Jordan City and the Salt Lake County District Attorney are currently both conducting investigations into Rice’s accusations. l


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Ex-city Attorney Files Lawsuit Against West Jordan City


By Taylor Stevens

est Jordan’s ex-city attorney, Jeff Robinson—who was escorted from his city office by police chief Doug Diamond back in April, at the direction of Mayor Kim Rolfe— has been quiet for a few months as he attempted to reach legal agreements with the city. However, Robinson broke his silence in the public sphere again on Oct. 2, five months after initial claims of the mismanagement of his dismissal brought inquiries into Rolfe’s authority to order Robinson’s removal, an action Rolfe said was done at the direction of the majority of the council. In a notice of claim of his lawsuit, Robinson said he planned to sue the city, alleging mistreatment at the hands of the city in how it handled the affair. In addition to wrongful termination and a whole host of other charges, Robinson’s lawsuit also alleges defamation, false imprisonment, privacy violation, conspiracy and infliction of emotional duress, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The city had been working toward approving a tidy $103,000 settlement for Robinson, a business item that was pulled from the Sept. 9 city council meeting without explanation. A draft of the settlement contained a clause preventing both Robinson and the city from suing the other and from engaging in libel, slander and defamation. Additionally, if signed, the city would have written Robinson a sparkling resignation letter. When the city decided not to award the settlement or pay Robinson any severance, Robinson escalated the lawsuit. In his resignation letter, Robinson described an environment of bullying, harassment and hostility at City Hall—a claim that

has been reiterated in past months by several city employees cannot or will not take steps to protect me and other city and councilmembers, but denied by Rolfe. staff,” he said. Robinson wrote in his letter: “You and others have Although the city did not pay out a settlement, the affair acknowledged that Kim Rolfe acted illegally and you have has cost thousands of dollars when considering that the city acknowledged Kim Rolfe’s admission that his actions against kept Robinson on its payroll for two months and has had to me were in retaliation,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune. employ other means of defending itself in lawsuits like this. After he was escorted from his office, Robinson was placed And, in the face of an impending lawsuit, the situation will on administrative leave, during which time he was paid and likely cost the city and its residents even more money in legal received benefits, while the city scrambled to figure out whether fees, deliberation and whatever settlement comes next. l he had been removed with the proper authority. In June, then-interim city manager Bryce Haderlie extended an invitation to Robinson to come back to work: an offer Robinson refused. According to reporting from the Salt Lake Tribune, Robinson instead wrote a resignation letter, which he submitted to the city on June 26. “I cannot return to work and subject myself to further hostile work environment behavior, retaliation and Ex-City Attorney Files Lawsuit 01: The City of West Jordan is dealing with another impending lawsuit, this time with defamation with a city ousted city attorney Jeff Robinson. manager and council who

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ssistant city manager Bryce Haderlie resigned and took up tenure as the assistant city manager for Cottonwood Heights on Oct. 5, leaving a hole for the position in West Jordan City. Haderlie worked for the city for nearly three years. He worked as the assistant city manager until August of last year, when he was chosen as interim city manager for a year. The city manager position was filled last month, and Haderlie returned to his position, with a pay increase he’d negotiated with the city until finding another position. “I want to thank you as a council for the opportunity that I have had to serve here with you,” Haderlie said at his last city council meeting on Sep. 23, as he announced his decision to move cities. “I want to thank our staff tremendously for the support that they have given me during the last year, and obviously before that, and I can’t tell them how much I have appreciated how well they have stood together to make sure we perform as well as we have,” he said. “And last of all, I want to thank our citizens in this great city for their support and the opportunity to be a servant to them.” Haderlie said his wife and their children will continue to live in West Jordan City.

By Taylor Stevens At the Sept. 23 city council meeting, some members of the council expressed their appreciation for Haderlie’s service to the city. “I feel that we’ve lost a good leader in our city,” said Councilmember Chad Nichols. “I personally witnessed a strong work ethic in that I’d call him—this is no joke—I would call, text, email him at any imaginable hour of the night, and he would respond. We will be missing that.” West Jordan’s newly-hired city manager Mark Palesh, who was competing with Haderlie for the position only a few weeks prior to Haderlie’s resignation, said, “I’ve only been here two weeks, and I’ve had assistant city managers before…but I certainly would rate Bryce at the top of what I’ve worked with.”

Throughout his year as interim city manager, Haderlie also maintained his duties as assistant city manager. He told the city council when negotiating his wage increase that this working arrangement resulted in him working well over 40 hours per week. “During this last year, my family and I have incurred many challenges with my schedule that I didn’t anticipate having,” Haderlie told the council at the Aug. 12 meeting. “Fulfilling both the city manager and assistant city manager time frame has been very time consuming. It’s caused me to miss a lot of family time and to work many, many hours. I consistently work over 40 hours, even on weeks when I’m only here four days.” Councilmember Ben Southworth recognized the toll this took on Haderlie and his family in his closing remarks at the Sep. 23 council meeting. “Bryce, thank you,” Southworth said. “Thank you to your family. Thank you for your service to the City of West Jordan. You’ll leave a big hole.” The city’s job posting for the assistant city manager position closed Oct. 21, and the city is hoping to find someone to fill the hole in the next few months, according to public information officer Kim Wells. l

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est Jordan Elementary School held an assembly on Sept. 16 to celebrate achieving Lighthouse level in the Leader in Me program, which is implemented in schools with a focus on every student being capable of being a leader. In addition to the celebration, they also honored Eagle Scout Blake Gentilcore The buddy bench was inspired by a TED talk, given by Charlie Cooper from Australia, that Blake had watched with his mother back in May. The idea of a buddy bench is to have a designated place for someone to go to if they are feeling alone, sad or bullied: sitting on the bench is a global signal that they need a friend. Having suffered bullying as a child himself, Blake really liked the idea. He met with the principal of West Jordan Elementary, Norman Emerson, and explained what the project was and what he had in mind. Emerson, a former Eagle Scout himself, was almost ready to say no, but heard him out. After listening to his entire plan and his reasons behind it, Emerson was impressed and wholeheartedly thanked Blake for his idea and asked when he could start. “We loved the idea and were excited to have it happen,” Ron Boshard, the risk management coordinator, said. After many emails with the school board to get permission, and then later finding out

what kind of safety measures he would have to take into consideration, he was finally given the approval. As soon as he was given the go-ahead, he began to raise money to pick out the bench that he later ordered from Kirby Belt Products. He and a friend assembled it by themselves. After much debate and coordinating, the location of the bench was decided. It was placed right between the playground, the basketball courts and soccer field. This way anyone from any side of the school can use it and be seen from any place behind the school. In the assembly, Gentilcore explained to the children how the bench works. He told them that if they see anyone sitting there, they should go over and talk to them and find out if they are okay. “You might make a new friend,” he said. Later, while being interviewed by Channel 4 News, he mentioned that he hopes this bench will not only help with bullying and making friends, but will also inspire kids to do Scouting as well. Bullying is a huge problem in schools. There is a national campaign which includes an entire week dedicated to bullying: how to spot it, how to prevent it and what to do if you see it. This bench will hopefully help those who feel bullied find friends and receive comfort and support. l

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Peripheral Neuropathy:


Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage to the nerves often causing weakness, pain, numbness, tingling and the most debilitating balance problems. This damage is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to lack of nutrient flow. As you can see in Figure 1, as the blood vessels that surround the nerves become diseased, they shrivel up which causes the nerves to not receive the nutrients needed to survive. When these nerves begin to “die” they cause you to have balance problems, pain, numbness, tingling, burning and many additional symptoms. The most common method your

doctor will recommend to treat your neuropathy is with prescription drugs that may temporarily reduce your symptoms. These drugs have names such as Gabapentin, Lyrica, Cymbalta and Neurontin and are primarily antidepressant or anti-seizure drugs. These drugs may cause you to feel uncomfortable and have a variety of harmful side effects. The main problem is that your doctor has told you to just live with the problem or try the drugs which you don’t like taking because they make you feel uncomfortable. There is now a facility right here in South Jordan that offers you new hope without taking those endless drugs with serious side effects. (See the special neuropathy severity examination at the end of this article.)

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Boeing Opportunities Flying in West Jordan By Margaret Spencer


ess than two years ago, Boeing bought an old kitchen cabinetry warehouse and transformed it into a new production center, opening 100 new jobs in West Jordan. Recently they have been working hard on their latest project. On Sept. 25, Boeing celebrated the completion of one of their expansion projects. “This is an exciting time for Boeing and our Salt Lake team,” the Boeing Salt Lake General Manager Larry Coughlin said. “Our recent progress sets the stage for Boeing Salt Lake to become a major composites manufacturing center.’’ They build components for a horizontal stabilizer at the West Jordan location and then ship them 22 miles to have them assembled at the Salt Lake Boeing Facility near the airport. The horizontal stabilizer, a fixed-wing section on the tail that helps keep the plane level, is a

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West Jordan City Brightens Up By Taylor Stevens


ack in June, the West Jordan City Council approved a plan that would switch the city’s 5,000 streetlights from traditional lights to LED lights: a plan they are currently putting into action with the help of resident input to help finalize fixtures.

According to the city, the new LED lights will have many benefits for residents’ safety—and potentially their wallets. According to a recent fact sheet from West Jordan’s Public Works Department, “LEDs improve nighttime visibility and safety through better color rendering, more uniform light distribution and the reduction of some dark areas between poles.” Each resident currently pays $1.71 each month in utilities, which is money that goes toward the streetlights. Justin Stoker, deputy public works director for the city, said that the city is anticipating a reduction in the power bill it receives each money from Rocky Mountain Power. From there, the council can decide whether to lower the utility rate for residents or to use the money to add and improve street lights in darker areas of the city. As of now, the city is not planning

on adding any street lights, but will be replacing the bulbs in the existing poles in order to help save costs. The money for the new lights will

come out of capital from the general fund and bonds, according to Stoker. In addition to the positive fiscal and safety impacts, the switch to LED lights will also have a positive impact on the environment, which Stoker said was one of the main attractions behind replacing the bulbs in the first place. “We’ve been doing everything that we can to be good stewards of the resources that we have,” Stoker said, citing West Jordan’s commitment to the green waste program and consolidated recycling bins. “This is just another step in that.” LED lights are smaller than traditional lights and consume substantially less energy. The switch to LED lights has a host of environmental benefits. LED lights “save energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and have life spans of approximately 50,000 hours, compared to approximately 20,000 hours of traditional lamps, which are based on technology from the 1970s,” according to the city’s fact sheet. Another benefit of the lights is their 10-year warranty, particularly when

When the new LED lights are installed across the city, West Jordan will be bathed in a whitish light, rather than the orange color of traditional lights. Photo by Ryan Green



compared to the approximately four-year light life of traditional bulbs. The city created a survey to gain input from residents on what types of lights and fixtures they do and do not like, and the city is currently in the process of compiling that information to finalize its selections. The next step will be bidding to find an outside contractor to do the replacements on larger streets with overhead power lines. The contractor will work in conjunction with city employees to do the replacements, which Stoker said will likely start in problem areas of the city and work its way outward. Right now, the city is weighing aesthetic concerns with fixture costs. “The administration—both the mayor, council and city manager—are interested in making sure the light fixture that goes into the neighborhood is not only cost-effective, but that it’s an attractive fixture, and we’re going to do something that adds value to the neighborhood,” Stoker said. “We’re excited to provide some better lights, make our neighborhoods a little safer and improve l the aesthetics.”

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Knocking Out Summer Boredom, One Book at a Time


ummer, a time for sleeping in and swimming, is not usually a time when children decide to pick up a book and read. Rather, most children will put down their books and never pick them up again until fall, thus forgetting many words and phrases they learned in the past school year. With literacy rates remaining unchanged over the last 10 years including adults unable to read, the Salt Lake County Library hosted a summer reading program.

The “Every Hero has a Story” reading program was hosted by 18 libraries in the county. At any library location, children and adults could pick up flyers where they would either write down the name of the book they had read or color in the bubbles for how many minutes had been spent reading. Super heroes and action bubbles decorated the pages, challenging the young children to fill them up. As they traveled through time or fought dragons with each story they read, they filled up the flyers and turned them

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in every visit for more adventures. Prizes were awarded every month, and each page with the bubbles colored in was entered into a drawing to win big prizes, such as a bike, scooter or other fun outside toys. In August, at the end of the program, gift certificates for free tickets to the Utah Natural History Museum were given out to each person with a filled flyer. With these kinds of programs, not only does reading become fun and challenging, but children benefit from it tremendously. Since it is a public program, it is available to everyone. All one needed to start their new adventure was a library card. At the close of summer, the pages and titles were counted, prizes were handed out and the totals were outstanding. There had been an approximate 44,000 participators for the program. Over 10,000 children and adults finished the program, and more than 5,000 certificates to the museum were handed out. 18 state

park passes were given out, and one regional winner received a night at the Anniversary Inn. Winners of the night stay at the Inn were Carla Wind and husband Jim, who had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They hadn’t been able to do much in the way of celebrating, so when they were awarded the prize they were happily overwhelmed. More than 15,000 books were given out as prizes; adult books had been donated, while children’s books were purchased by the library. The entire staff was involved in the planning and were so excited to see such great results. “We encourage reading of all kinds,” one of the children’s librarians said. “The library can do so much with all kinds of databases, magazines and downloads. We just wanted people to really see what the library has to l offer.”

“Hale”ing Her Favorite Author


veryone has a favorite book with a special world they disappear into every time they open the cover. For Jakkalyn Jessop, her special world is the world of Ever After High, created by Shannon Hale. She has dressed up as her favorite character for Halloween and any other chance she has gotten. On Oct. 13, Jakkalyn had the chance to meet her favorite author and get some books signed.

Dressed from head to foot as Madeline Hatter, the daughter of the Mad Hatter, Jakkalyn arrived at the event, held by the Viridian Center, with a stack of books in her arms. The books, all Ever After High books, were a little tattered from being read so many times. Following the signs, she entered the large room set up for the event and saw bleacher seats set up on one side and a low platform set up for the authors across from it. She sat down on the first row, nervously fidgeting in her chair. As the room began to slowly fill, she slid down a little in her chair, realizing she was the only one in cosplay. Many people complimented her outfit and she shyly thanked them. Readjusting the itchy wig, she straightened her dress and sat up a

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little straighter. A few minutes later, a young girl dressed as Princess in Black and another as Apple White, another character form Ever After High, made their way to some seats in the back. Jakkalyn smiled happily, knowing others had taken the time to dress up as well. When authors, Margaret Stohl and Shannon Hale were announced, the room thundered with applause. Margaret and Shannon waved to their fans and, just before she turned to the platform, Shannon ran over to Jakkalyn. “Hi, Maddi! Love the dress!” She smiled and headed up to her seat. Adri Cowan, a representative from Marvel, sat on the stage with the authors. Discussing the new book by Margaret Stohl, “Black Widow: Forever Red,” and the new upcoming book by Shannon Hale about Captain Marvel, they laughed and interacted with the audience for nearly an hour. Jakkalyn sat quietly, absorbing everything with her eyes wide. She was watching the creator of her favorite storybook world and characters in person. Bringing the event to a close,

Margaret Stohl mentioned they had a prize for the children in cosplay. Shannon invited up everyone in costume. The three girls made their way to the front and were each presented with a cookie with the Black Widow symbol on it. Shannon posed for a picture with the girls and then everyone went back to their seats. The authors then went outside into the lobby area and sat at tables for book signings. Jakkalyn nervously switched from one foot to the other and kept peering down the line to see how much longer. After about twenty minutes, it was finally her turn. As Shannon signed and dedicated her three books, Jakkalyn asked who her favorite Ever After High character was and was delighted to find out that they both like Madeline Hatter the best. Shannon complimented her costume again and then posed for a picture with her. Jakkalyn walked to the car with her books clutched to her chest in a happy daze. Not only had she just met her favorite author, but she had talked to her, gotten her books signed and even got a picture with her. One of the best nights ever!

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Benefitting the Utah Food Bank The City Journals and West Jordan City are teaming up to help provide food for Utah's familes in need by collecting non-parishable food items for the Utah Food Bank at several locations throughout the city. Last year, Utah Food Bank distributed 37.5 million pounds of food (over 31 million meals) via our network of 134 emergency food pantries and agencies statewide. With 16% of Utah's population, or 444,000 individuals, unsure where their next meal will come from, our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide sadly never ends. Most needed food items: • Peanut butter • Canned Tuna • Canned stews and chili • Canned fruit, especially small pop-top variety • Boxed meals • Macaroni and cheese • Pasta YES! Utah Food Bank can safely accept: Dry/Shelf Stable Foods Canned and packaged food in original packaging. (in most cases up to one year past sell-by or best-by date) All food must be in good condition with original food label intact. Perishable Food: Frozen/Refrigerated • Whole fresh produce, including home grown raw produce, without significant decay. (80% Salvageable) • Chopped fresh produce in packed separately in food-grade packaging. • Commercially prepared/packaged foods chilled at or below 40°F that have not been served or placed on a buffet. • USDA packaged meat, poultry, fish etc. frozen solid at or below 32°F. • Commercially packaged dairy and deli products stored at or below 40°F up to expiration date. o Commercially packaged shelled eggs • Frozen meals in original packaging. Baked Goods: Fresh and day-old bread, bagels, and other bakery items. Other Household Items: • HBC/Personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, toilet paper etc.) Household cleaning products • Any other household non-food item in good working condition. Boxing or Packaging Supplies: New or used in good, clean, and food safe condition.

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ity code states that each private business that builds in West Jordan must have a certain number of parking spaces, but does that mean they have to provide them free of charge? If you drove past Gardner Village during the month of October, chances are you saw the street of 7800 South packed with the cars of those who didn’t pay the $5 fee to park in the facility for the center’s wildly popular “Witches Night Out” event. This situation caused some residents to fear for the safety of both the pedestrians who crowd the sidewalk-less streets, and the cars, as large crowds with strollers stop traffic at crosswalks. For some, the chaos begged the question, “Should private properties like Gardner Village be allowed to charge for parking if it compromises the safety of residents?” Chad Lamb, a West Jordan resident who lives near Gardner Village, first raised concerns about the parking situation in the area. On his afternoon commute to work one day, he said he saw a young family use the crosswalk when the lights weren’t blinking: it was luck that the cars were stopped at the time. “I understand why they charge for parking,” Lamb, said. However, that doesn’t mean he agrees with it. “I do believe the cost to park is making some people want to park outside Gardner Village, which makes it a dangerous situation for both cars and pedestrians on 7800,” he said. He added that if Gardner Village stopped charging for parking, it would “be safer for both cars and pedestrians traveling along 7800 South,” saying that although some cars

may have to park on the street and at TRAX, there would be fewer. As a private property, Gardner Village is allowed to provide parking at a price, and employees at Gardner Village say that doing so contributes to public safety more than it takes away from it. “The parking lot is full, completely,” said Anna Lever, manager of Celebrations in Gardner Village. “So even if we didn’t charge to park, the parking lot would fill up and people would park on the street anyway.” According to Lever, because Gardner Village charges for parking during its busiest seven days of the year—the UEA holiday and Witches Night Out events—it is able to hire police and parking attendants to help direct traffic and can also pay to rent out a field owned by the South Valley Water Reclamation facility to create extra parking. Gardner Village also rents lights to increase the safety in the field. “I think Gardner Village is really trying to keep it safe,” said Nicole Green, a Gardner Village employee. As an incentive to use their parking lots, Gardner Village also offers each customer a booklet full of coupons for use at individual shops upon payment of parking. Overall, Green said that paying for parking helps public safety as much as Gardner Village helps the West Jordan economy. “These are local businesses; all of these are ma and pa shops,” Green said. “They contribute in lots of ways to our economy.” l

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Visitors at Gardner Village during the Witches Night Out event in October have to either pay $5 to park, or find another spot: a situation which some residents say creates safety concerns. Photo by Ryan Green

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Register now for Citizen Police Academy The West Jordan Police Department is gearing up for its next session of the Citizen Police Academy. The 13-week session begins Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Participants get an inside look at how the police department works and learn about different aspects of police work, including firearm safety, crime scene investigation, K-9, crime prevention and defensive tactics. Course highlights include field trips to the Salt Lake County Jail, firearms range, 9-1-1 call Dispatch Center and a SWAT Team scenario. Classes are held each Thursday and run from 6-9 p.m. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and pass a basic background check. There is no fee, but class size is limited, so register today. Additional information and an application can be found online at by clicking on “Departments,” “Police” and then “Citizen Police Academy.” For more information, contact Barb Tatangelo at 801-256-2033 or via e-mail at

‘Arts Council Christmas Celebration’ Dec. 5 Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and join the West Jordan Arts Council to kick off the holidays! The event takes place at the Viridian Event Center, 8030 South 1825 West (behind City Hall), when the West Jordan Band, Symphony and Mountain West Chorale present “A Christmas Celebration.”

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Going the Extra Mile The best part about serving as Mayor of West Jordan is hearing about the many acts of kindness, service and friendship that happen in our city each day. I have seen over and over again how just one good deed makes a difference. Each year West Jordan is invited to join with cities across the country to recognize those individuals who go the extra mile and strengthen our community. At the Oct. 28 City Council meeting, we had the honor of recognizing this year’s Extra Mile Day recipients, including: Brad Barker is the chef behind the Exchange Club’s Dutch oven cobbler. This cobbler is sold at city events like the Western Stampede rodeo and Demolition Derby and has raised thousands of dollars to fight child abuse. Thanks for your help fighting this evil! Eleven-year-old Maegan Worthen has been volunteering since she was 6 years-old. She has made many new furry friends in the process as she has helped the Animal Shelter with donations of food and supplies. Last year she collected over 1,000 items and $750! She will be holding food drives from 2-6 p.m. on Nov. 14 and Dec. 11 at Smith’s, 4080 West 9000 South. Maegan is proof you can make a difference at any age. The city relies heavily on volunteers to help with the many tasks associated with city events. Tracy & Sheri Michaelis have volunteered as ushers at many events for over 10 years! Sometimes the situation can get a little tense (like the time the arena was short 50 chairs and ticket holders were wondering why they had no seat), but Sheri and Tracy handle each patron with courtesy and a smile. On Oct. 14 as students were warming up during gym class at West Jordan Middle School, 14-year-old Skyler Nelson’s heart stopped and he collapsed to the ground. Principal Dixie Garrison quickly arrived on scene and sent a radio call out to the office to dial 911. Vice Principal Eric Price and the school’s resource officer, West Jordan Detective David Hood, promptly began CPR, while Special Ed Teacher Lucia Evans kept Skyler’s airway open and monitored his vitals. Thankfully, Mr. Price had completed a refresher CPR course just 10 days earlier and knew exactly what to do. Thanks to quick action and appropriate training, Skyler is expected to make a full recovery. Not every act of service results in something as dramatic as saving a life, but by looking for opportunities to serve others we can make our community a better place. One simple way to give back is to participate in our community-wide food drive, which will help restock the pantries at the Utah Food Bank. I invite you to take a look in your cupboards and see if there is something you can share to fight hunger. We have a variety of drop-off locations throughout the city (see page 9 for more info). I appreciate those who give back so generously to make West Jordan a great place to live! As we head into the holiday season, take a look around you and see if there is one small thing you can do to brighten someone’s day. If we each do a little, we can accomplish a lot.


Comcast Cares Day Raises Over $16,500 Thanks to Comcast for partnering with the City of West Jordan last spring as part of their Comcast Cares program! Not only did the city benefit from the many beautification projects completed that day, but three nonprofits also received a cash donation as part of Comcast’s dollar match for each volunteer who participated. The West Jordan Exchange Club received $1,000, South Valley Services received over $5,500, and Copper Hills High School received over $10,000! Thanks to all the people who helped with the many different projects around the city. We will be partnering with Comcast again April 30, 2016 and welcome volunteers of all ages! Mark your calendar now and plan to be part of our community cleanup.

West Jordan Fire Wins Hazmat Olympics By Captain Mike Powell How do a skull and crossbones, the Olympic rings and a trophy all work together to promote inter-department relations within a training atmosphere? Recently the West Jordan Fire Department hosted HAZMAT Wednesday, a monthly training where departments from across

the valley come together to train and learn about each departments’ skills, techniques and equipment. Over the past three years, these events have led to some friendly competition as demonstrated in “The HAZMAT Olympics.” “The HAZMAT Olympics” is an annual event where all of the departments provide a team that competes while wearing their level “A” suits (a fully encapsulated suit, which serves as a barrier to potential contaminants). Participants perform multiple skills while overcoming the challenges presented by the cumbersome suit, including impaired vision and dexterity. Points are awarded for each event and tallied to determine an overall winner. Teams included Salt Lake City Fire, Unified Fire Authority, Murray Fire, West Valley Fire and West Jordan Fire. This year West Jordan was victorious and had the honor of customizing the trophy. Engineer Skip Taylor added the fire helmet and shield to the top of the skull and crossbones and changed the trophy color from Murray’s traditional yellow to red and black, leaving the bottom of the trophy yellow to commemorate Murray’s win from last year. The HAZMAT Olympics consists of five events. The first event included the operation of a digital camera for scene awareness. The objective was to obtain a legible picture of a content label and notify incident command of any unusual findings. Next technicians packed a leaking, damaged 5-gallon container into a 55-gallon drum where the HAZMAT leak was contained and properly sealed. Samples of unknown chemicals were also

West Jordan Fire won the 2015 HAZMAT Olympic trophy. Traditionally the winning city adds something to the trophy to signify and commemorate their city while leaving something on the trophy as a tribute to the previous year’s winner.

Area fire departments come together monthly to train for large-scale incidents. During the HAZMAT Olympics, teams wore protective suits during a series of events. retrieved, properly packaged, and identified through the HazCat system. Participants also completed a timed obstacle course that tested balance and hand-eye coordination. To complete the competition, firefighters played a modified game of “Corn Hole,” with the level “A” suits increasing the level of difficulty. The training that takes place during HAZMAT Wednesdays keeps our first responders ready for action and helps departments across the valley work together effectively. Congratulations on the big win – and the coveted trophy!


Good Neighbor Food Drive runs through November 23

your donations make a real difference! Hunger in Utah is prevalent. Is it your neighbor? Your child’s best friend? Don’t let another neighbor, friend, coworker or even a stranger go without a meal this holiday season. Support the Utah Food Bank by donating items during the city-wide food drive that runs through Nov. 23. Donation bins are located throughout West Jordan. With so many locations to donate – why wait! Donate what you can to help the hungry. Here is a list of donation sites: West Jordan City Hall – 8000 South Redwood Road West Jordan Justice Center – 8040 South Redwood Road West Jordan Public Works – 8030 South 4000 West Fire Station 53 – 7602 Jordan Landing Blvd Bagley Park Substation – 9351 South 5595 West

AND OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Sears – 7453 Plaza Center Drive Yogurt Vibes – 3961 West 9000 South West Jordan Modern Dentistry – 7632 S. Campus View Drive Ste #150 Riley’s – 7903 Airport Road High Point Coffee – 7800 Redwood Road Southside Church – 3138 West 7000 South Granger Medical – 3181 West 9000 South West Jordan Senior Center – 7950 Redwood Road Smith’s Marketplace – 5600 West 9000 South

Drinking Water Open House An open house will be held Nov. 12 from 6-8 p.m. to talk about the City’s drinking water system and share input on the draft master plan. The open house is in the West Jordan City Hall, Community Room, 8000 S. Redwood Road. The scope of this master plan includes a study of the City’s drinking water system and customer water use including: build-out growth projections, source requirements, water rights, storage requirements, distribution system requirements and water quality. Public comments are an important part of the process. Please plan on attending and sharing your input. You can read the draft plan at

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule Trash collection will not take place on Thanksgiving Day. If your regular collection day is Thursday, your trash will be collected the following day. Trash collection takes place on most holidays except for Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. If your collection date falls on one of these holidays, your pickup will be one day later. For example, if a holiday falls on a Tuesday, your collection day will be Wednesday and Wednesday’s pickup will be Thursday and etc. through the end of the week. Then the following week will be back to the regular schedule.

Get involved and make a difference in your community APPLY NOW TO SERVE ON A CITY COMMITTEE The city has a variety of volunteer-run committees designed to make our community a better place. If you have ever wanted to get involved and help shape the future of our city, now is the time. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including: • Western Stampede – Dust off your cowboy hat and join the fun as we plan for our 62nd Western Stampede Rodeo. • Arts Council – Help promote art and cultural events and activities. • Activities and Events – From the demolition derby to the Independence Day parade to the Memorial Day Tribute and everything in between, help bring these events to life. • Healthy West Jordan – Ready, set, RUN! The Healthy West Jordan Committee plans our annual fun run, Weigh Biggest Loser contest and more in an effort to keep our community moving. • Parks and Open Lands – Share your ideas on what types of parks we need and how we are going to pay for the maintenance and operation of them. • Sustainability – Help find ways for us to be more efficient in our use of water, energy and other resources and plan for the future growth in West Jordan. • Planning Commission – The Planning Commission helps determine the types of new homes that are built and where new stores and business are located. More information is available on the city website at under the “Resident” and then the “Committee” tab. You can also email or contact City Hall at 801-5695100 if you have questions about the committees or how to apply.









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West Jordan Jaguars Put “Home” in Homecoming


By Margaret Spencer

very year the student body officers from West Jordan High School come together over the summer for a leadership camp, where they practice working as a team and preparing for the new year. At the summer camp this year, the students came up with the theme of “Home.”

After they had tossed ideas around, they unanimously settled on the theme, which is based off the song “Back Home” by Andy Grammer. Their idea behind this theme came from noting that the majority of students spend more time in school than they do at home, so the SBO used that idea to recreate home inside the high school. Before school started, they spent hours decorating the school with “Welcome home” posters and signs. They even went as far as building a hearth to set up in the common area of the school. Built from a wood frame and covered with painted fabric, this structure symbolizes everything they were hoping for. The welcome assembly held at the beginning of school invited and welcomed all the new students and teachers. After introducing themselves, the SBO unveiled their hearth and the theme for the new year. “When people feel like they belong, they are more likely to achieve,” Lindsey Walker, the student body president, said. Wanting everyone to feel welcome, the SBO put in countless hours to do everything they could to make the school more welcoming. With the beginning of the year comes the first football game and the first dance, known as homecoming. This year the SBO spent over 80 hours planning and putting it together. If they weren’t at school planning, they were doing it from home. “We don’t settle; we go for bigger and better every time,” Walker said. They kick-started the weekend-long event with an assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 23 where they held competitions between classes and teachers. On Friday, Sept. 25, they held a pep rally after school

to get everyone pumped for the game. The pep rally was followed by the Jag Bash, a community event hosted by WJHS. Free food, face painting and a photo booth attracted many people, including quite a few past Jags. They served over 540 hotdogs and everyone had a great time. The homecoming game between the West Jordan Jaguars and the Taylorsville Warriors started off with a ball drop from the sky. This had been Principal Mike Kochevar’s dream idea for last year’s homecoming game, but due to restrictions it hadn’t been able to happen. The SBO had managed to pull some strings and get a sky diver named Bryan Wallace to drop the ball in. He was followed closely by Chris Terry, who was decked out as Dub, the

Jaguar mascot. With every touchdown, fireworks went off. And when the Jags won, they lit the WJ in the field on fire for their victory. The dance theme was “Dreamin’ in the 40s.” Everyone dressed up for the time period and swing danced to Frank Sinatra. The dance was held outside on the basketball courts with café lights strung everywhere. One of the teachers, Mrs. Alyse Almond, is part of a group that is centered around the history and time of World War II, and she was able to procure a lot of WWII memorabilia to use as decorations. There was even an old war jeep to use as a photo op. The entire event was such a huge hit that even

people outside of West Jordan High were talking about it. Richard Hoonakker, a WJHS teacher, was very pleased with their outcome. “This year the SBO has really kicked it up,” Hoonakker said. Every year at the leadership summer camp, The Blue Heart-Overall Leadership award is given to the group that showed the best team skills and leadership. This is the third year in a row WJHS has won. When asked their feelings about how homecoming went, the group agreed that even though it was a lot of work putting it together, no one regrets a single moment spent on it. It was a success. l

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Farm Fresh to Local Schools


By Margaret Spencer

n schools all over the country, children are taught every day to make better choices when it comes to food, and to think more green. One of the ways the Jordan School District is approaching both of these topics is to coordinate with local farms to bring in fresh fruits and vegetables. The farm to school program collaborates with both Salt Lake County and the school district to help schools connect with local farms to get fresh foods for school. With over 60 million lunches made yearly in the Salt Lake area, they try to keep the foods used as local has possible to help support local farmers and make less of an environmental imprint. On Oct. 1, farm to school representatives came for a field day to Riverland Elementary. They set up the gym with many different centers for the children to visit and learn things about farms. Tagge’s, Schmidt’s and Cornaby’s, three of the local farms that work with the farm to school program, had representatives there, along with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to sample. All the centers set up had a fun activity, ranging from which vegetable would float, to a salt vs. sugar test to a large mural for kids to color. The Utah Health Department had a center set up with a plate and pictures of food to pick from to

put on the plate. “This booth is about helping kids make a better balanced plate,” Jessica Maple, the UHD representative, said. The children rushed around excitedly from one center to another other, sampling the fresh food and learning things about farms. They were shocked to learn that most farmers get up around 5 a.m. to take care of the farm. A few animals from Utah National Meat came to visit the children, along with Athena, the goat from Wheeler Farm. Children clustered around, trying to pet them and talk to them. Farm to school has been working with the school districts for nearly six years now, and they have been able to extend the amount of time they receive fresh fruits and vegetables. “It’s all about connecting kids to their food source and teaching them to make better choices,” Jessica Trappmann, the Utah State Office of Education representative who works directly with farm to school, said. l



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Sage Test Scores on the Rise at Joel P. Jensen By Margaret Spencer


n the last two years, Sage testing has become mandatory in schools. Unsure of what was expected, teachers at Joel P. Jensen Middle School weren’t initially prepared for the tests, so neither were their kids. For the 2013-2014 school year, they ended up scoring a “C”, which sadly placed them as the lowest school in the district. To start the following year off on the right foot, JPJMS held an assembly to bring these sobering facts face-to-face. Principal Bryan Leggat wanted students to see what it was like to be at the bottom, and then challenged them to each do better than the year before. “It’s not about the scoreboard,” Leggat said. “It’s about doing better than we did last year. Don’t compare our school to other schools; this year it’s about us doing better than we did last year.” With only 50 percent of JPJMS kids being able to read at grade level, they had their work cut out for them. The teachers and students applied themselves to be better. They started a new program called the Response to Intervention program, also known as the RTI program. Students are retaught subjects and problems they didn’t understand before. One program gives them time to do past work,

relearn and master every subject. New ways of testing the students have helped tremendously. Starting with a pretest to show their strengths and weaknesses, the students are then taught the concept and then given the same test to see how much they have improved. This has helped improve and change the way teachers are teaching. The goal now is to continue to keep going up, and to get 80 percent of the students to receive 80 percent or more on their assessments. Principle Leggat was very excited to announce that, at the end of the 20142015 school year, JPJMS was awarded a very well-earned “B” and is very positive that they will only go up from here. l

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Jaguar Volleyball Determined to Finish Strong By Greg James


he flashiest car on the used car lot usually gets all of the test drives. The West Jordan High School volleyball team feels like the practical car in the corner, just awaiting their turn to drive away with a new owner. “It has been a roller coaster season. We lost five seniors from last year’s team, but I hope we finish strong and are able to make an appearance in the state tournament,” Jaguar head volleyball coach Jannette Larson said. The Jaguars opened their season winning four of their first five games in the Utah Tournament of Champions at Skyline High School on Aug. 22. After that they began play in Region 3. The season turned interesting with losses followed by wins, and the team searching to stay on top. “I think everyone is on the same page. Our region is good: there are the top three teams, and then everyone else fighting for that fourth spot. These girls do not give up. We may not have the most talent in the state, so we build on each other. Chemistry can win over talent,” Larson said. On Oct. 1 senior Siki Suguturaga had 13 kills and six blocks, while senior Lindsey Walker added 15 digs to help the Jaguars defeat

Taylorsville 3-1. Against Copper Hills on Sept. 15, Taylor Thompson had 14 kills and Lexi Wolfgram added 38 assists in the Jaguars 3-1 victory. “I feel really good about our season so far. We have some tough teams in our region, but we have been able to play with them and it has been a lot of fun. When we play our game, we can really play with anyone,” Walker said. Middle blocker Jessi Pilivi and Suguturaga, an outside hitter, are the team captains. Walker, Pilivi, Suguturaga and Taylor Thompson are the team’s only seniors. “I think we are pretty scrappy and we hustle. We make unconventional plays that our opponents are definitely not expecting. I think we may not always look the cleanest, but we get the job done,” Walker said. Walker was named to the Deseret News Academic All-State Team. To be eligible the player must be a senior that has maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average, be a regular varsity player and be nominated by their coach or athletic director. At press time they stand in fourth place with a 4-5 record. They have three scheduled games remaining. The results of their final

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Jaguar Football Punches Ticket to Playoffs By Greg James


f you listen closely, you might hear the buzz of excitement coming from West Jordan High School. The Jaguars football team is on track for an appearance in the state tournament for the first time since a 2012 play-in game loss to Brighton. “If this team practices hard, they could do well. Dylan (Krans) is a good quarterback and we are a school with a lot of spirit. We all come to the games and have a good time,” Jaguar sophomore football fan Brayden Christenson said. The Jaguars stand in fourth place at press time, with a 2-3 record in Region 3. They are scheduled to face rival Copper Hills in their final regular season game on Oct. 23 (after press deadline). With a win, they will qualify for the state playoffs; a loss could mean a necessary play-in game. The Jaguars have wins over Mountain View (27-7), Skyline (42-16), Cottonwood (19-13) and Taylorsville (31-13), their most wins since 2010. Krans, a junior, has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 1353 yards while rushing for 171 yards on 68 carries. Sophomore

West Jordan quarterback Dylan Krans leads the high-powered Jaguar offense. He has thrown for 1353 yards this season. Photo courtesy of Shelley Oliverson Michael Ponce leads the team in rushing with 427 yards, and senior Keenan Galeai has six

rushing touchdowns. “I think our team is starting to come

together. Everyone is doing their job and trusting the person next to them. We are starting to believe that we can go out there and win every time, no matter who we are facing,” Krans said. First-year head coach Mike Meifu took over the head coaching duties in May, when former head coach Danny Dupaix stepped down to pursue a career outside of coaching. Meifu is the seventh head football coach in school history. He said there will be adjustments to the new coach, but there is an excitement around the team. “We just need to keep working and going out every day, competing at practice and watching film. Most of all, we need to earn respect,” Krans said. A fourth-place finish will qualify the Jaguars for the state tournament, scheduled to begin on Oct. 30. The state championship game will be held Nov. 20. “I think our team can go far. I am at every home game. It is a good vibe to be here where we all get along and cheer for our team,” freshman football fan Jeff Egbert said. l


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Grizzlies Tops at Region Cross Country Championships By Greg James

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unners on the Copper Hills High School cross country team scored impressive finishes at the Region 3 cross country championships. The Cottonwood Softball Complex in Holladay hosted the fastest cross country runners from Region 3. The Grizzlies’ determination to post a top finish is illustrated in a boys second place finish and girls region championship. “The girls team is not to be outdone by our boys. They have showed great improvement over last year. They are led by fourth year runner Hailey Barker. She has worked hard all summer. This year’s girls team is as good a team as we have seen the last few years,” head cross country coach Garth Rushforth said. Juniors Julia Falcon and Autumn Babcock, along with Barker, finished within 10 seconds of each other in third, fourth and fifth places at the region championships. Senior Kaitlin Farley placed eighth overall, and sophomore Natalie Mandjano finished 12th. The five runners in the top 15 helped propel the girls to the region title. They finished seven points ahead of second place Jordan Beetdiggers. The boys team placed second overall in Region 3. Senior Christian Allen, despite recovering from an injury received during the spring track season, paced the Grizzlies. His second place finish, five seconds behind Bingham’s Adam Haynes, was tops on the

team. Junior Corban Allen placed seventh, senior Charlie Olsen 13th and seniors Benjamin Papenfuss and Alex Newbold rounded out the team’s scoring runners. “We have seen a big difference over the last year with a desire to improve and to maintain a positive attitude. Each athlete on this team realizes they play an important role on the team, whether it is as a scoring varsity runner or a non scoring JV athlete. They all work hard to become the varsity athlete and push the varsity runners to be better,” Rushforth said. In the fall, Utah high schools participate in cross country racing. The sport varies from its spring counterpart, track and field. Teams and individuals run a race over natural terrain, including grass, dirt roads and sometimes wooded areas; the courses also include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel roads. Copper Hills seniors Braedon Dority , Hailey Barker, Valerie Burtenshaw and Hannah Huefner were named to the Deseret News Academic All-State Team. Eligible seniors must maintain a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average, be a regular varsity contributor and be nominated by their coach or athletic director. The 5A state cross country championships were scheduled for Oct. 21 at Sugarhouse Park (after press deadline). Allen finished third overall last season in the boys state race, and Barker placed 35th in the girls race. l

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2016 Budget Prioritizes Public Safety, Criminal Justice Reform By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams


alt Lake County’s 1.1 million residents deserve a county government that steps up to the plate and confronts a serious criminal justice challenge. That’s what I’ve tried to do with my 2016 proposed budget. It is structurally balanced with existing revenues and it supports my belief in taking on tough issues and solving problems. This year, I have prioritized the county’s core responsibility – public safety. We have a lot going for us. As a thriving metropolitan area, Salt Lake County is leading the way forward on economic growth and jobs, low taxes, cleaner air and quality education. I share the positive view most residents have that Salt Lake County is a great place to raise a family, start a business and give something back to the community. However, we do face some challenges. This year, due in part to the legislature’s passage of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, sentencing for some drug crimes and other non-violent offenses will require jail time, rather than prison. That change took effect

Oct. 1. I support the reforms to our criminal justice system, but in the short term, this adds to the jail overcrowding without providing sufficient funding for much-needed jail diversion programs that provide sentencing alternatives, dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. Also, without a Utah plan for Medicaid expansion, this amounts to an unfunded mandate on the counties. Instead of just throwing up our hands, we’ve come up with a plan. Fully three fourths of the county’s general fund is taken up by the county’s criminal justice and human services investments. The jail and the District Attorney’s office are both experiencing a double digit increase in jail bookings and new criminal cases screened by law enforcement and that trajectory is continuing. We must pay for those immediate needs and at the same time, look for new ways to address the major causes of recidivism that just add to the problem. My budget proposes that we continue a jail levy—passed by taxpayers in 1995 to build a new jail—and re-dedicate the approximately

$9.4 million annually to deal with increased crime while trying to stem the tide in the future. A portion of the money would be used to build a Community Corrections Center. This secure treatment facility is a sentencing alternative to the jail. It would include space for intake efforts, behavioral health services, job counseling and other programs, within a secure environment. This will free up the “hard beds” for criminals who need to be kept away from society. I’m convinced we can limit the number of new beds needed in the future, by funding some innovative programs that follow data and evidence to lower the recidivism rate, and prevent homeless individuals and those with mental illness and substance abuse issues from crowding the jail. Of 8,700 inmates released in 2011, nearly two-thirds were back in the jail within three years. In other words, they’re out just long enough to get into legal trouble again. It’s a repeating loop that serves no one—not the victims of crime, not the police, not the prosecutors and not those cycling in and out

of the system, or their families. How will we measure success? We’ll know we’ve succeeded when 1) we’ve put the criminals behind bars, 2) the homeless in housing, 3) substance abusers in treatment, and 4) children in school, through high school graduation. You can read more about my budget at Thank you for giving me the privilege of representing you as Salt Lake County mayor. l

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The Gift of a Gift-less Holiday By Joani Taylor


t’s almost here: turkey time. I’ve always felt that Thanksgiving gets cheated. Before Halloween is even over, the stores cram their holiday sections with Christmas displays and have stooped to bribery by bargain, in an effort to get you out spending dough before you’ve had time to digest your dinner rolls. Poor Thanksgiving: it gets skipped right over. Thanksgiving is actually one of my favorite holidays. What other day of the year is it socially acceptable to stuff your face with potatoes covered in fat, yell at the television and sleep on the couch, all while enjoying the company of family and friends without the expectation of ANY GIFTS? Don’t misunderstand; I’m only a wee bit of a cheap, old scrooge. I love the light that shines in a child’s eyes when the jolly old man in a red velvet suit lands on the rooftop and sneaks a toy under the tree. Who can complain about a furry little barnyard animal that hides chocolate eggs under sofa cushions? But, it seems that entertaining kids with giving gifts is taking over our holidays.

Now we have creepylooking elves wreaking havoc on the house and leaving daily surprises for an entire month. There are leprechauns that deliver gold coins. And, this year a Halloween witch has made her debut. She steals your candy in the darkness of night and leaves a gift in exchange. What’s next: the 4th of July, giftbearing Uncle Sam? While I’d love to be the one to capitalize on the making of Tom the Turkey, who would gobble in on Thanksgiving eve to stuff a magic cornucopia full of candy feathers and toy pilgrims before popping himself in the oven, I’ll have to leave that one to the magic of the marketing pros. Until then, I am thankful that Thanksgiving is still a holiday that celebrates family without the expectation of presents. Joining together for a meal can take a toll on the wallet, though. Here are some tips for keeping the holiday eats big and cutting the budget to a minimum. Keep It Simple: Alleviate yourself of the feeling that you have to prepare everyone’s favorite. Keep the popular favorites

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Send in the Clowns By Peri Kinder


t’s a time of natural selection. A season of mass hysteria. Wolves, disguised as sheep, travel in packs, attacking the weak, the inferior, the less adaptable. I’m not talking about the latest season of “The Walking Dead,”—but it’s close. I’m talking about the presidential campaign. Next November we’ll be electing a new president, then we’ll spend 4-8 years slowly pecking him/her to death. And while the election is still a year away, I’m already tired of hearing campaign speeches, bloated promises and intolerant views. Welcome to the Reality TV show political campaign landscape that’s a combination of “Survivor” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” I call it “American Idle: Washington, D.C.” Instead of selecting a world leader who won’t be ridiculed by the entire planet, we seem to be more focused on a celebridential popularity contest, electing a president who has the strongest handshake, the best suit or the whitest smile. The fact that Donald Trump thinks he represents this country with his intolerant, puffy-

haired self-importance and insane detachment from reality makes the back of my neck itch. I could list some of the dumbest things Trump has said, but it would be outdated before my column would be published. In a circus act of national proportions, the presidential candidates twist the issues with the help of our frenzied media who jump on every possibly scandalous topic like piranhas in a bloody river. We watch in horror as blooper reels blast through the Internet 24/7, and citizens become too fed-up (or lazy) to be educated about the real issues. The constant pandering to minority/women/ young voters is nauseating and obnoxious. This pandermania has included Hilary Clinton appearing as a bartender on Saturday Night Live, and Trump interviewing himself on “The Tonight Show.” I’m still waiting for the “Chris Christie/Marco Rubio American Ninja Warrior Challenge.” Candidates throw out terms like “equality” and “justice” in verbose sentences that make no sense, such as, “The idea of equal equality is mostly

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